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Who’s the Real Game Changer in ‘Game Change’?

The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik got a sneak peak at “Game Change” yesterday, which premieres on HBO next month. Based on the 2010 best-seller by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, the HBO telling is get a lot of attention for its portrayal of Sarah Palin, played by Julianne Moore. But Zurawik thinks it’s Woody Harrelson‘s turns as McCain adviser Steve Schmidt — who was on “Hardball” just last night talking about the current GOP race — that should be noticed.

Wow, and wow again. What a force Harrelson brings to the role. The real Schmidt had the thankless task of trying to manage an emotionally fragile and, at times, possibly imbalanced Palin. But he should get on his knees every night for the rest of his life and thank God that Harrelson was picked to play him.

Zurawik notes several tvnewsers are featured in “Game Change” through the use of clips of their reporting and, in some cases, body doubles for reversal shots.

Fox hosts Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly do get a little face time, but nothing like CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper. In fact, the film opens and closes with Cooper, in his role as a part-time correspondent at CBS for”60 Minutes,” interviewing Schmidt.

By the way, if you want to see some of the relics from the 2008 campaign — both real and imagined — head over to the Newseum beginning Friday where, among other items, Tina Fey‘s suit, flag pin and eyeglasses worn during her Palin parodies on “Saturday Night Live” will be on display.

Bernie Goldberg and Bill O’Reilly Ask: Was MSNBC’s Debate Fair to Republicans?

MSNBC has been on the receiving end of criticism for its post-debate programming–programming which was completely devoid of any Republican analysts (Update: Steve Schmidt and Michael Steele did contribute to the programming, although did not co-host the program). Last night on “The O’Reilly Factor,” host Bill O’Reilly and guest Bernie Goldberg attempted to argue that even the questions asked by moderator Brian Williams revealed a nefarious bias on the part of NBC:

Putting aside the programming before and after the debate, what did you think about the debate itself? Were the questions and handling fair to the candidates?

After GOP Debate, MSNBC Lines up Maddow, Matthews, Sharpton and More for Analysis

Now that it’s settled that Pres. Obama will address the Congress — and the nation — on the jobs issue next Thursday, MSNBC has announced plans for the GOP debate the night before. The debate, moderated by NBC’s Brian Williams and Politico’s John Harris at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA, begins at 8pmET and will run until 9:45pmET.

At that point, MSNBC’s primetime hosts Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz, Lawrence O’Donnell and Rev. Al Sharpton will analyze the debate. Michael Steele and Steve Schmidt will provide analysis from the GOP perspective. MSNBC will re-air the debate in its entirety at MidnightET.

The debate was first announced last November and was originally scheduled for May but was pushed back because no GOP candidates had announced they were running.

More details after the jump…

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Fox Exec Makes Power Player List

Lewis_10.15.jpgPRWeek is out with its 2008 Power List of the top 25 public relations executives in the nation. It’s made up some well-known PR names including Richard Edleman; political gurus Mark Penn and Steve Schmidt; and the heads of PR for Exxon Mobil, Facebook, Procter & Gamble and Pfizer.

But just one PR executive from a media company made the list. Brian Lewis is EVP of Corporate Communications for FOX overseeing PR for Fox News, Fox Television Stations, Fox Business Network, Twentieth Television and My Network TV.

CNN/TIME Politics ’08: The Talking Heads Strategists

CNN’s John Roberts is moderating an afternoon session called Puppet Masters and Policy Maestros — in other words the talking heads. Joe Klein, Donna Brazile, Mark McKinnon, Howard Wolfson, Hilary Rosen and Matt Dowd are on the panel. Here’s the Twitter feed:

* Panel wraps up. Going to interview John Roberts. 42 minutes ago
* Dowd on keeping Palin from press: it’s a mistake. “When people see Sarah Palin they see Tina Fey. It’s become a punchline.” 54 minutes ago
* Brazile: “race is not a discussion you can have in two seconds.” 57 minutes ago
* Donna Brazile: “I’m not uncomfortable talking about race. We are in uncharted territory” about an hour ago
* Joe Klein says Bill Clinton has been a “questionable” ex-president because of some if the “figures” he carries on with. about an hour ago
* Roberts cuts to the chase about HRC non-pick. Asks, did Obama just not want to deal with the Clintons? Joe Klein says yes. about an hour ago
* Hilary Rosen: After praising Biden, says “Dems would have closed ranks earlier” if Obama had picked Clinton. Draws applause. about an hour ago
* Fox News contributor Howard Wolfson not on the panel as scheduled. about an hour ago
* Joe Klein: Palin pick “was a gimmick. One of the most disastrous political decisions I’ve ever seen, since doing this.” about an hour ago
* Brazile talks about working for all kinds of candidates. Bland, boring. about an hour ago


John Roberts, Matthew Dowd, Joe Klein, Mark McKinnon, Hilary Rosen and Donna Brazile.

In an interview after the event, TVNewser asked Roberts who among the current campaign strategists might emerge as the next media star. “Steve Schmidt [McCain strategist] perhaps could be. He’s certainly got an interesting physical presence about him. David Axelrod, [Obama strategist] he likes to work in the background. So I don’t see anybody who immediately jumps to mind with the exception of Schmidt. But if he can put John McCain in the White House he’s going to be too busy for television.”

McCain Campaign’s Problem With Brokaw?

Sen. John McCain‘s “love affair” with the media is over, but has the rift hit a new height? Bloomberg’s Heidi Przybyla writes about the recent uproar over Bristol Palin‘s pregnancy, media coverage campaign manager Steve Schmidt called “demeaning” yesterday.

But in the wake of an angry letter delivered from the McCain campaign to NBC News president Steve Capus over, “irresponsible journalism,” it appears McCain was ready to take it to another level.

Przybyla reports, “The campaign even considered pulling out of one of the three presidential debates because it would be moderated by Tom Brokaw, a former NBC News anchorman.”

Maybe that action was squashed. Przybyla writes, “Capus said he spoke with the McCain campaign after he received the letter and ‘there is no issue in terms of a broader problem.’”